Rev. Dr. C. Vernon Mason

2_9905Visiting Professor of Urban Ministry, African – American History and Religion

Office phone: 212-870-1239

Educational Background

  • BA Morehouse College
  • MBA Indiana University
  • JD Columbia Law School
  • MDiv New York Theological Seminary
  • DMin New York Theological Seminary

Religious Affiliation

  • Baptist

Dr. C. Vernon Mason rejoined the New York Theological Seminary faculty in 2016 as Visiting Professor of Urban Ministry & African–American History and Religion. He was formerly a member of the faculty from 2000 to 2010. During that time Dr. Mason was also CEO of UTH TURN, an at-risk youth intervention project associated with NYTS. A native of Arkansas, Dr. Mason was reared in Marion, Hope, Helena and Little Rock. He graduated from Morehouse College with a BA (1967) and completed his MBA at Indiana University (1969) before coming to New York where he graduated from Columbia Law School with a JD (1972). Dr. Mason began his legal career with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. From 1973-1995 he was a Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Attorney representing thousands of victims of discrimination, racially motivated violence and police brutality. Since 1976 Dr. Mason has been a member of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. He served on the Board of Trustees from 1978 – 1988 and has been on the Board of Deacons since 1990. Dr. Mason is Secretary of the Board and teaches the New Members Classes at Abyssinian.

Dr. Mason answered his call to ministry in 1995 and enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at NYTS. He completed the MDiv in 1998 and was ordained by the American Baptist Churches, United Missionary Baptist Association, and Abyssinian Baptist Church on Palm Sunday, March 28, 1999. Dr. Mason started working with UTH TURN at NYTS on April 1st, 1999. He completed his Doctor of Ministry in 2009. His DMin thesis was title “A New Paradigm for Urban Youth Ministry: The Story of Uth Turn in New York City 1999-2008,” for which he received the Excellence in Ministry Award.

Sauk Village, IL He is included in the following publications:

  • Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, My Beloved World (New York: Vintage Books, 2013).
  • Charles J. Hynes and Bob Drury Incident at Howard Beach: The Case for Murder (New York: Putnam Books, 1990).
  • Sarah Burns, The Central Park Five: The Untold Story Behind One of New York City’s Most Infamous Crimes (New York: Vintage Books, 2011).
  • Robert Sam Anson, Best Intentions: The Education and Killing of Edmund Perry (New York: Vintage Books, 1988).
  • Robert Gore, We’ve Come This Far: The Abyssinian Baptist Church, A Photographic Journal (New York: Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 2001).
  • Genna Rae McNeil, Houston Bryan Roberson, Quinton Hosford Dixie and Kevin McGruder, Witness: Two Hundred Years of African–American Faith and Practice at the Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem New York (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013).
  • Sallie M. Cuffee, Manchild Dying In The Promised Land: Strategies To Save Black Males (Sauk Village, IL: African American Images Publishing, 2009).
  • Alfonso Wyatt, Mentoring From The Inside Out: Healing Boys Transforming Men (Clermont, FL: True Perspective Publishing House, 2013).
  • Barbara Britton Jones, Leading The Challenge of Change: The Consortium Fifty Years of Progress (Chesterfield, MO: The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, 2016).

Dr. Mason is acknowledged in Martia Goodson, Church Ladies: Untold Stories of Harlem Women in the Powell Era (Bloomington, IN: Arthur House) and Sister Souljah, Midnight a Gangster Love Story (New York: Pocket Star, 2010).



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